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Intel introduces new Core i7, Core i5, Xeon 3400 processors and 'revolutionary' P55 chipset

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Sep 2009 21:28 User comments (14)

Intel introduces new Core i7, Core i5, Xeon 3400 processors and 'revolutionary' P55 chipset At a news conference in Taipei, Intel showed off a range of new stuff, including several high-performance desktop and low-cost server processors, the new single chip P55 chipset and a range of products from third party manufacturers that support the new Intel technology. On the processor side, the company showed off two new Core i7 processors, Core i7-860 and Core i7-870, and the first Core i5 processor, Core i5-750.
The new desktop chips were formerly codenamed "Lynnfield," and are based on Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture, providing very high performance for digital media, productivity, gaming and other resource hungry tasks. All three are Halogen-free, Lead-free and feature Intel Turbo Boost Technology. The Core i7 processors also support Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.

The new Core i7 and i5 processors are the first Intel processors to integrate both a 16-lane PCI Express 2 graphics port and two-channel memory controller, enabling all input/output and manageability functions to be handled by the single-chip Intel P55 Express Chipset. The P55 Express Chipset is the first from Intel to be composed of one chip, not two.

IntelŪ Core™ i7-860 Processor



The new Core i7-860 processor from Intel is based on the award-wining Nehalem microarchitecture. The high-performance Desktop processor is designed for use with the Intel P55 Express Chipset, and includes support for Intel Hyper-Threading technology. It has a clock-speed of 2.80GHz with 8MB cache, and TDP of 95W.

Here are some Intel Core i7-860 specs.

Essentials
Status: Launched
Launch Date: Q3'09
Processor Number: i7-860
# of Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 2.8 GHz
Intel Smart Cache: 8 MB
DMI: 2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set: 64-bit
Embedded: False
Supplemental SKU: False
Lithography: 45 nm
Max TDP: 95 W
1ku Bulk Budgetary Price: $284.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)16 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-800/1066/1333
# of Memory Channels2
Max Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedFalse
Package Specifications
Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Die Size296 mm2
# of Transistors774 million
Sockets SupportedLGA1156
Halogen Free Options AvailableTrue
Intel Advanced Technologies
IntelŪ Virtualization TechnologyYES
Execute Disable BitYES
Enhanced IntelŪ Speedstep TechnologyYES
Enhanced Halt State (C1E)YES
IntelŪ 64YES
IntelŪ Demand Based SwitchingYES
IntelŪ Turbo Boost TechnologyYES
IntelŪ Hyper-Threading TechnologyYES
IntelŪ Thermal Monitor 2NO
IntelŪ Trusted Execution TechnologyYES


IntelŪ Core™ i7-870 Processor



The new Core i7-870 processor from Intel is based on the award-wining Nehalem microarchitecture. The high-performance Desktop processor is designed for use with the Intel P55 Express Chipset, and includes support for Intel Hyper-Threading technology. It has a clock-speed of 2.93GHz with 8MB cache, and TDP of 95W.

Here are some Intel Core i7-870 specs.

Essentials
Status: Launched
Launch Date: Q3'09
Processor Number: i7-870
# of Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 2.93 GHz
Intel Smart Cache: 8 MB
DMI: 2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set: 64-bit
Embedded: False
Supplemental SKU: False
Lithography: 45 nm
Max TDP: 95 W
1ku Bulk Budgetary Price: $562.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)16 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-800/1066/1333
# of Memory Channels2
Max Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedFalse
Package Specifications
Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Die Size296 mm2
# of Transistors774 million
Sockets SupportedLGA1156
Halogen Free Options AvailableTrue
Intel Advanced Technologies
IntelŪ Virtualization TechnologyYES
Execute Disable BitYES
Enhanced IntelŪ Speedstep TechnologyYES
Enhanced Halt State (C1E)YES
IntelŪ 64YES
IntelŪ Demand Based SwitchingYES
IntelŪ Turbo Boost TechnologyYES
IntelŪ Hyper-Threading TechnologyYES
IntelŪ Thermal Monitor 2NO
IntelŪ Trusted Execution TechnologyYES


IntelŪ Core™ i5-750 Processor


The new Core i5-750 processor from Intel is based on the award-wining Nehalem microarchitecture. The high-performance Desktop processor is designed for use with the Intel P55 Express Chipset, and includes support for Intel Turbo Boost Technology. It has a clock-speed of 2.66GHz with 8MB cache, and TDP of 95W.

Here are some Intel Core i5-570 specs.

Essentials
Status: Launched
Launch Date: Q3'09
Processor Number: i5-750
# of Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 2.66 GHz
Intel Smart Cache: 8 MB
DMI: 2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set: 64-bit
Embedded: False
Supplemental SKU: False
Lithography: 45 nm
Max TDP: 95 W
1ku Bulk Budgetary Price: $196.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)16 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-800/1066/1333
# of Memory Channels2
Max Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedFalse
Package Specifications
Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Die Size296 mm2
# of Transistors774 million
Sockets SupportedLGA1156
Halogen Free Options AvailableTrue
Intel Advanced Technologies
IntelŪ Virtualization TechnologyYES
Execute Disable BitYES
Enhanced IntelŪ Speedstep TechnologyYES
Enhanced Halt State (C1E)YES
IntelŪ 64YES
IntelŪ Demand Based SwitchingYES
IntelŪ Turbo Boost TechnologyYES
IntelŪ Hyper-Threading TechnologyNO
IntelŪ Thermal Monitor 2NO
IntelŪ Trusted Execution TechnologyNO


IntelŪ P55 Express Chipset


The Intel P55 Express Chipset, formerly code-named Ibex Peak, has been described by Intel as the, "most revolutionary design changes since the invention of the PCI bus in the early 1990s." The P55 Express Chipset is the first from Intel to be composed of one chip, not two. Previous Intel chipsets required two separate chips. A new Direct Media Interface (DMI) connects between the processor and chipset.

The chipset supports 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 Ports (2.5GT/s) for flexible device support. Dual graphics cards are supported in a "2x8" configuration. The chipset also supports 6 SATA 3 Gb/s Ports with Intel Matrix Storage Technology providing RAID levels 0/1/5/10. Up to 14 USB 2.0 Ports can be supported with the chipset’s integrated USB 2.0 Rate Matching Hub, along with Intel High Definition Audio for premium digital sound.



Intel Xeon 3400 Processors


Intel's new Xeon 3400 Quad-Core processors are designed for purpose-built servers in small-to-medium sized businesses. Servers based on Xeon 3400 processors provide more dependability over desktop systems through differentiated features such as Error Correcting Code memory and RAID 0/1/5/10 for server operating systems.

They are designed with Intel's Nehalem microarchitcure to offer very high performance, and also feature a 4X improvement in memory capacity (32GB). Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology enable these servers to automatically adapt their performance to unique business needs.

The processors launched today also include the Intel Xeon L3426, a low-power variant that delivers up to 188 percent improvement in energy efficiency per dollar than the previous-generation Intel Xeon X3380, and enables innovative server form factors for space and thermally constrained environments.

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14 user comments

18.9.2009 22:03

But...is it worth the price to upgrade to it? :P

28.9.2009 23:51

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
But...is it worth the price to upgrade to it? :P
I'd wait ;-) you know in about a year the price will be dramatically different than in the next few weeks.

39.9.2009 0:10

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
But...is it worth the price to upgrade to it? :P
I'd wait ;-) you know in about a year the price will be dramatically different than in the next few weeks.
I don't really want to upgrade again until the Mobo/cpu and ram is double or better performance wise than what I got (2GB DDR2 800,2.8 C2D,MSI PN7 SLI Platinum)

49.9.2009 1:17

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
But...is it worth the price to upgrade to it? :P
Seems like a big downgrade from the current I7 series.

-Lower clock speeds
-Fewer memory controlers
-Even with the built-in PCI-E x16 controloer, you still have a lot fewer PCI-E channels...You can't even do 2-way x16 crossfire or SLI.

...Overall, I think the old 2.66GHZ I7 might be better than the new 2.93GHZ...at least for anyone who wants two graphics cards or RAID (the built-in RAID is junk). For that matter, the Core2Quad and even the Phenom would be better.

...These chips & this chipset are designed for econo-boxes; they are not intended to replace 1366 chips...only to replace the lower-end Core2quad segment.

59.9.2009 1:19

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
But...is it worth the price to upgrade to it? :P
Seems like a big downgrade from the current I7 series.

-Lower clock speeds
-Fewer memory controlers
-Even with the built-in PCI-E x16 controloer, you still have a lot fewer PCI-E channels...You can't even do 2-way x16 crossfire or SLI.

...Overall, I think the old 2.66GHZ I7 might be better than the new 2.93GHZ...at least for anyone who wants two graphics cards or RAID (the built-in RAID is junk). For that matter, the Core2Quad and even the Phenom would be better.

...These chips & this chipset are designed for econo-boxes; they are not intended to replace 1366 chips...only to replace the lower-end Core2quad segment.
I aint even to a quad yet :P
I will just wait till ramm is faster than 2500 and mobo fbs above 4000 :P
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Sep 2009 @ 1:20

69.9.2009 5:28

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.


79.9.2009 10:29

Its a bit of a pickle me thinks.
1. If you really need the extra power.
2. Does the software you are using support it.

It was like that when 64bit procs came out. The excitement of owning a 64bit proc was a letdown when you found out 1: there was a lack of drivers available. 2: The software wasn't coded in 64bit architecture and run in a backwards compatability.
I use a C2Q for recording and mastering music I have written. But I had to change software to utillise all the cores and even then I still wasn't getting all the benefits. Had to wait a while before full support of 4 cores in the software was achievable. So to me its a bit of a con, cause by the time the software developers catch up the hardware manufacturers have moved the goal posts again.
Years ago I liked to TRY and get the latest and greatest, but I have wisened up and wait for the rich kids to buy first and tell of their experience's(or woes) before I part with the cash.
Anyway there is an old saying " if it aint broke then don't fix it "
Which I suppose also means if your pc does what you want it to do then dont buy another 1.
Unless you have windows Vista then you'll want a quad socket mother board with 200000000000000000000000000 terabyte of ram to start it up and read your email:P

89.9.2009 14:54

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.
Meh there's no real need to go up yet.
Though if i can get a extreme C2Q for under 500 I might :P

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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99.9.2009 17:32

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.
Meh there's no real need to go up yet.
Though if i can get a extreme C2Q for under 500 I might :P
You know zip that the reason they called the model extreme is because of the extreme price:P

109.9.2009 17:33

Originally posted by joe777:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.
Meh there's no real need to go up yet.
Though if i can get a extreme C2Q for under 500 I might :P
You know zip that the reason they called the model extreme is because of the extreme price:P
And you can easily reset the clock.
Besides by the time its worth 500 or less a new mainline CPU will be 2 or 3 times faster even if I could over clock via supper conduction and make my PC hover :P :P
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Sep 2009 @ 17:35

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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119.9.2009 21:22

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by joe777:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.
Meh there's no real need to go up yet.
Though if i can get a extreme C2Q for under 500 I might :P
You know zip that the reason they called the model extreme is because of the extreme price:P
And you can easily reset the clock.
Besides by the time its worth 500 or less a new mainline CPU will be 2 or 3 times faster even if I could over clock via supper conduction and make my PC hover :P :P
Yeah but if it could hover to the kitchen and make toast and boiled eggs in the morning for you and it would be worth it:D
On a side note I had to go to the doctors today to get a wart frozen off and I should have asked the doc if I could borrow the cannister of liquid nitro for a while. Then I could achieve a very extreme OC on my C2Q.

129.9.2009 23:54

Originally posted by joe777:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by joe777:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I aint even to a quad yet
Owch...and I thought my first-gen Phenom was sad. Perhapse you could get a piece of cardboard and write "Will work for quadcore" on it...then just stand by a redlight and beg for change.
Meh there's no real need to go up yet.
Though if i can get a extreme C2Q for under 500 I might :P
You know zip that the reason they called the model extreme is because of the extreme price:P
And you can easily reset the clock.
Besides by the time its worth 500 or less a new mainline CPU will be 2 or 3 times faster even if I could over clock via supper conduction and make my PC hover :P :P
Yeah but if it could hover to the kitchen and make toast and boiled eggs in the morning for you and it would be worth it:D
On a side note I had to go to the doctors today to get a wart frozen off and I should have asked the doc if I could borrow the cannister of liquid nitro for a while. Then I could achieve a very extreme OC on my C2Q.
You should get yourself some liquid helium...that stuff is REALY cold!


1311.9.2009 15:50

I could use some more horse power as the AMD quads aren't fast enough but the new Intel doesn't seem the way to go either so I guess it will be the old i7. Ripping BD's requires a lot of power and 20 hours to rip a BD50 movie is a bit long and then sometimes I convert it to DVD-IFO so the process is extended even furhter.

Great job on the artical Dela!

1411.9.2009 15:54

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
I could use some more horse power as the AMD quads aren't fast enough but the new Intel doesn't seem the way to go either so I guess it will be the old i7. Ripping BD's requires a lot of power and 20 hours to rip a BD50 movie is a bit long and then sometimes I convert it to DVD-IFO so the process is extended even furhter.

Great job on the artical Dela!
Get a quad mobo and but 4 quad core CPUs on it :P

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